If my mom taught me anything about skin care, it’s to never go to bed without some sort of overnight moisturizer, serum, or face mask on. During the sleep process, your body’s reparative functions naturally cause dehydration, so without the addition of a moisturizing product, your face might end up looking less rested than before you got your beauty sleep. To up the ante, blood flow to your skin significantly increases during sleep, meaning that just before bed is the best time to ensure that the products you’re applying are absorbed as quickly and effectively as possible.
With winter creeping up on us all, it is prime time to get a grip on your nightly skincare routine. The dry, windy climate during the colder months can wreak havoc on one’s skin, leaving it dry, flaky, and dull. Luckily, there is a whole arsenal of products out there that can twist your skin’s reparative efforts in your favor. Moisturizing, protecting, and revitalizing, this list of winter skincare solutions includes a must-have for any skin type or budget. So go forth and find the nightly regimen of your dreams, I promise your skin will thank you for it.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $48, kiehls.com
With 164 years of experience under its belt, it's safe to say that Kiehl's knows a little bit about skin care. The brand's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is the one and only serum you'll need to recover from even the harshest winter winds. Its light, non-oily texture might make you doubt its abilities upon first application, but waking up to supple, glowing skin will make you a believer.
2. Pore Tightener
Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Night Treatment, $15.99, yestocarrots.com
Moisturize all you want, but you still need something to get rid of dead skin cells and clogged pores to really beat the winter dullness. Drugstore brand Yes To Grapefruit’s Pore Perfection Night Treatment will strip away any impurities gently and effectively, all at an attractive price point.
3. Sleeping Pack
Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack, $15, amazon.com
It’s the time of year when pumpkin versions of everything run rampant, so why not extend that to your beauty routine? Not only does Korean brand Too Cool For School’s Pumpkin Sleeping Pack looks adorable and smell great, but it is rich and deeply hydrating.
4. Overnight Mask
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask, $48, sephora.com
The BB Cream masters over at Dr. Jart+ also know how to make a killer face mask. Their Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask will have your skin feeling firm and hydrated by sunrise.
5. Gentle Moisturizer
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, $15.99, cetaphil.com
Classic, simple. uncomplicated. Cetaphil brings tried-and-true hydration at an affordable price point.
6. Extra Moisturizing Mask
GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment, $62.10, nordstrom.com
Don’t let the endless hype and celeb endorsements scare you away, GLAMGLOW is legit. THIRSTYMUD seals in moisture and creates a protective barrier between your skin and whatever inclement weather you might encounter. I even like putting in on before leaving the house on my lazy, no-makeup days to let it do its thing.
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